New South African armoured vehicle launched

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South African company Bruisertech Pty (Ltd) has launched its new Bruiser 112 armoured personnel carrier (APC) on the world market. The vehicle has been designed to be cost effective, rugged and easy to transport.

The privately developed vehicle was first displayed at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition outside Pretoria, but officially launched this year with production of the first ten vehicles. These will be available in stock for customers to order.

In line with the philosophy of efficiency and cost effectiveness, the base vehicle has been designed to avoid using high-tech electronics and as a result does not require specialised equipment or highly trained technicians for maintenance and repairs.

A lot of design effort was put in to make the Bruiser 112 easy to transport. With minimal preparations the vehicle can be transported within a standard shipping container. “This allows for an optimal and cost-effective solution for transportation and shipping,” Bruisertech said. The vehicle is 2.3 metres wide, 2.58 metres high, and 5.82 metres long.

The company says the vehicle can carry a crew of two plus ten equipped personnel. Kerb weight is 8 500 kg and payload 4 500 kg.

The armoured hull provides blast protection to STANAG 3A and 3B.  Ballistic protection is to STANAG level 1.

The vehicle is powered by a six-cylinder turbodiesel MWM engine coupled to an automatic transmission, giving a top speed of up to 120 km/h and range of 1 000 km. The pneumatic disc brakes have the option of ABS.

The Bruiser 112 is fitted with an anti-roll bar for advanced stability and agility. “It is designed for a 360 degree field of view, increasing the operator’s awareness and making it excellent even for urban use,” Bruisertech said.

The Bruiser 112 has a modular design that is able to accommodate many upgradable features and functions to allow for a total custom solution.  Options include ABS brakes, a central tyre inflation system, runflat inserts, radios, intercom and surveillance systems, dozer blade and bull bar, public address system, weapons stations and a long-range fuel tank.

The Bruiser 112 has a wheel base of 3.5 metres, giving a turning circle of 14 metres. It can climb 70% gradients, a 50 cm step, ford 1 metre of water without preparation and navigate 35% side slopes.

Apart from the basic 4×4 APC, Bruisertech plans to develop other variants, including a logistics, command, police and ambulance vehicles.

Whilst the Bruiser 112 is the first vehicle produced by Bruisertech, the designer behind it has extensive experience and has designed eight other armoured vehicles.